The Engels Nest was truly a dream! My friends and I were looking to get out of the desert heat and this cabin was the perfect stop! It's stocked with board games and all the kitchen supplies you would need. I love the area that the cabin is located in, Green Valley Lake. It's up near Big Bear but way less crowded and it literally felt like we were just hanging out in this neighborhood, unlike a lot of other towns where you can feel like you're just another tourist. My friends and I took a walk down to the lake where everyone was so friendly and a woman told us about a bald eagle that lives in the trees above the lake! Jodi also has a coffee table book stocked with the history of their family, how they came to visit GVL, and own the cabin which we LOVED. She also gave so many great recommendations on things to do, our favorite being the hike up the forest road to inspiration point. It is a ten minute walk up this little hill to a sweeping view of nearby mountains and valleys, it is the perfect place for a cup of coffee in the morning!
This was such a cute little area! I love that there is a tent pad so the concrete keeps you up off of the hot sand! Also there are two chairs, a table and an umbrella to keep the heat off of you in the hot summer months, which is much needed in the desert! While you don't need 4WD to get to the site, you do need it to park there, or at least a vehicle that you can get up over into the unpacked sand lot off of the road!
This is the most perfect getaway in Joshua Tree! Super close to the less busy north east entrance of Joshua Tree, the camp area has so much to see and explore around. We didn't get to meet the host Adam but we did meet his girlfriend Janet who left kites for us to fly, and walked around the grounds with us. She explained to us about the history of the property and of the flowers and foliage around! It's hard to pick a favorite of this property but the wildflowers and outdoor shower definitely top the list!
It's so hard to put into words what an amazing experience the Overlook Gardens were! The hosts, the Mels were absolutely phenomenal, giving us a tour of the property and gardens when we arrived. The property is situated in the Golden Valley of Arizona and has views for miles up into the neighboring mountains. The camp site sits just on the other side of the drive and has a canopy to keep you out of the bright summer sun! The Mels have transformed the entire property into a scenic walkabout garden with tons of places to sit and just take in the beauty. There is artwork, canopies, plants, and animals around every turn. We listened to the coyotes howl through the night, we played with the pups wandering the garden, and even got to meet Bacon the pig. The Mels even started a bonfire for us at 5:30 am since we are early risers! We visited in the spring time and there are wildflowers all around the city of Golden Valley, and so much to do around, making it definitely a stop to stay for more than one night! There is so much to do and see around, and I would recommend driving up Union Pass, or heading out Havasu National Wildlife Refuge. The Mels made our stay so enjoyable and memorable and we cannot thank them enough for keeping us company around the campfire, and for sharing this oasis in the middle of the desert with us. We love you two!!!
The Temple Ranch Hunting lodge was such a fun place to stay! Barbara was incredibly accommodating to our schedule and I can't thank her enough for allowing us to stay! The lodge has everything you would need, two super cozy beds and a basin of water for washing your hands. Theres patio furniture to sit outside, a fire pit, and a super cute outhouse! My favorite part of the property was how many animals there are! The hosts have chickens, horses, dogs, and Barbara was kind enough to bring out Coco the horse to meet us! Their property also backs up right into national forest property so there are endless opportunities for recreating in the area. You can bring your mountain bikes, side by sides, or even hunt in the area; there are so many trails you can take around. The property was lovely and one of those places where you have everything you need right there.
The Sleeper Hollow cabin was so amazing! Lisa was and absolutely incredible host, keeping in touch with me through the weeks to let us know that the roads would be clear from snow since we visited in early spring! The cabin is off of a national forest road so its secluded but not middle-of-nowhere-creepy secluded. It had everything we needed, blankets, firewood, coffee, and comfortable sleeping arrangements! I'm always nervous about outhouses but wow seriously this was the nicest one I have ever been in. There is tons of seating inside as well as outside the cabin, and even in April we didn't need to stoke the wood burning fireplace through the night. I would definitely recommend taking the time to walk the roads in the morning as the sun comes up with a coffee! What an experience.
Very beautiful views, this site is situated 20 or so minutes from the entrance to Joshua Tree. The GPS directions can be a little weird- they tried to take us down a very impassable road but if you just follow the roads, it’s easy enough to find your way there (even in the dark!). I got in after dark and ended up sleeping close by to the trailer because I wasn’t sure if my little sedan could have made it close to the rock pilings. In the morning I was pretty happy with my choice! There’s definitely a lot of broken glass and trash around some of the rocks but it’s easy enough to find spots away from all of it.
Most people don't camp at 11,000 feet for comfort, but at Richmond Basin, you get the best of both worlds. A tent that can sleep 8 with a wood stove to keep you warm once the sun sets, catered meals delivered right to the tent, and endless trails to wander around no matter what the season. This place has all the comforts of home, and all the views you could ever dream up. Situated in the Richmond Basin next to the famed Imogen Pass, you have easy access to the Richmond Trail and as many saddles and peaks as your heart desires. Nothing beats a warm meal at the end of a day exploring where not many others have. Accessible by high clearance experienced 4x4, or by simply hiking, Richmond Basin Retreat is everything you've ever wanted at 11,000 feet, and more.
Alice provided one of the most meaningful camping experiences my partner and I have ever come across. The cabin is located on the land where she houses horses she has taken in. The cabin has all of the great amenities one would need, fully furnished with pots and pans, towels, coffee, sheets and bedding, etc. There is also a TV, and wifi, and the cabin is furnished with Alices' paintings of the horses, adding a real personal feel the home. The cabin is also located on the outskirts of Ridgway, providing you with the close proximity of being close to stores, but nestled into the hillside, leaving it feeling remote. It also has 360 views of the San Juan mountain range. With the supervision of the host Alice, you can go back to the barn and learn about and watch her feed the horses! Once you've settled in the for evening, you can head to Orvis hot spring which is a mile or two from the cabin, or you can head further into the San Juans and Ouray to hike, climb, & explore. 20 minutes from Ouray, 1 hour from Telluride, and an hour or so from Black Canyon of the Gunnison makes this cabin the perfect stopover for anyone looking to do any season exploring!
This tiny home located in Denver is the cutest stopover for anyone looking to stay in the Mile High City. Located just north of the city, this home is unlike any other tiny home I've stayed in. Heat in the winter and A/C in the summer means no matter what season you find yourself here, you'll be comfortable (even when you experience two seasons in 24 hours, like I did!). There are many other amenities you wouldn't expect to find in a tiny home, like a full-size shower, a composting toilet, fireplace, tv with access to all the online streaming sites, a fridge stocked with beer and fresh chicken eggs, wifi ++ so much more. We had such a lovely stay here and felt so welcomed by Blake and Michelle. I loved being able to watch the episode about the build of the house while sitting in it! Such a unique and fun experience.
So many cozy spaces to choose from when staying at the Utah National Parks Retreat makes this the perfect stopover for a family or group of people. An hour from Capitol Reef, and just under three hours from Zion, also makes a quiet place to rest your head while traveling through Utah between the two. Situated in a tiny valley town, you have nothing but views on every side. There are ample National Forest roads to explore, as well as lakes to cool off in in the summer, or you can stay on site and have a BBQ, throw darts, horseshoes, or just relax around the fire pit.